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  1. Polonia Warszawa Season 4 - 2026/27 - November November was busy, even with a long international break in the middle. Results were great and we have secured a play-off spot in the Europa League. Decided to ask for another training facilities upgrade and the board approved it with out blinking an eye. That European football money is quite nice.
  2. This is interesting, the day before we are to face Dunajska Streda in the Europa League, their manager is hired by Legia.
  3. Polonia Warszawa Season 4 - 2026/27 - October This must go down as a truly excellent month, even though the last two games were much closer than I would have liked. Especially against Piast, where we were very lucky to win. But even if we had lost that, the result against Villarreal was absolutely amazing! We must be quite close to qualifying to the next stage in this weird new format. In the Ekstraklasa Raków finally lost a game, but it was one in which they had 3 players sent-off. As you can see from the table, their defensive solidity is what is key to their success this season. Only 5 goals against in 13 games!
  4. @Rikulec no worries! Always great to get some perspective on what is going on in real life in Polish football. I only get to see things from afar (by looking at results and watching the occasional highlights).
  5. Polonia Warszawa Season 4 - 2026/27 - September Raków are having an amazing season in the league (no European football for them), and they proved too much for us too. It seems like they will run away with the title and it will be a fight to finish 2nd. Our Europa League results have been amazing so far.
  6. Thanks, we're getting there. The team will truly be a powerhouse when we can combine dominance in Poland with good results in Europe.
  7. Have to post this before I finish the month. An absolutely unbelievable result for us! We took the game to OGC Nice, who are currently sitting in 3rd place in Ligue 1. I couldn't believe what I was seeing, our lads all had amazing performances against players who are all paid vast sums more than we could ever afford.
  8. Polonia Warszawa Season 4 - 2026/27 - Summer Transfers For players leaving the club, the biggest news was Saudi club Al-Wehda triggering the release clause for Alvis Jaunzems. I didn't mind letting him go since he was rarely better than average for us. The others were all players that would have struggled to make it into the team, so I decided to cash in. At first I thought I would try to minimize the business I did and give more chances to the young prospects that I brought in last season. But early season results made me think that we did need some re-enforcement. I was also playing around with changing my tactic from 4-2-4 to 4-2-3-1. This led me to bringing in a couple players to play in the AM(C) position, but I wasn't satisfied with the results. Thankfully those guys are able to play in other positions. Sebastiano Esposito is our big money signing (in terms of salary), hopefully he lives up to his promise because so far he hasn't been very impressive. Danilo Veiga has been brought in to replace Jaunzems and so far has been the most impressive of our signings.
  9. Because our stadium is just under the 8000 capacity limit for Europa League (league phase), our home games are being played in the National stadium. Even with over 11,000 it looked quite empty. Hopefully when we host Villarreal we'll get a good crowd.
  10. Polonia Warszawa Season 4 - 2026/27 - August It was a very busy month, but we managed to stay undefeated, qualified for the Europa League Phase, and moved up the Ekstraklasa table. After a good result against Limassol in the first leg I thought we were going to blow it. We dominated the game (xG was 3.42 - 0.43), but they scored from two screamer well outside the box. Thankfully the results really picked up after that and we end the month on a high. Raków have no European football this season and it shows. That is who we are facing next. Not sure why Legia are struggling so badly. The biggest issues that I've had to contend with is squad registration. Can't find any good Polish players to sign and I have only a couple that are trained at the club that are on the fringes of the first team squad. Then the players that I have been signing get upset when I couldn't get them all in the Europa League registration for the qualifying games. The latest to be upset with me is a left-back that I'm trying to sign that I asked to make his decision quicker so that I could register him for the EL. Now he doesn't like the way I treated him! Qualifying for the Europa League proper has made our finances look really well. We're going to be facing a few teams that are well above us in terms of reputation and resources. Hopefully the scores don't get embarrassing. Miedź, really? Maybe he thinks that he's more likely to get first team football there.
  11. Polonia Warszawa Season 4 - 2026/27 - July It has been a rather rough start to the season. We played well in the Supercup Final, then I rotated the squad for the game against ŁKS Łódź, we dominated, but couldn't put the ball in the net. In the away game against Levski and against Legia we were rather poor. In both we were losing 0-2, then pulled one back late, only to let them score in extra time. The home match against Levski was off to a bad start when they scored in the 6th minute. We did manage to finally score in the 76th and 81st and it seemed like we might even send it to extra time, only let in another goal 83rd. We need much improvement in August. At least we drop down to the Europa League qualifiers for another chance at continental football. This time against Cypriot side Apollon Limassol. Two seasons ago Legia knocked them out quite easily in Conference League qualifying. Hopefully we can do the same.
  12. Polonia Warszawa Season 4 - 2026/27 - Preview With a title win come higher expectations. A top half finish should be no problem, as long as I can get the squad rotation between the domestic league and continental competition right. Board Expectations: PKO BP Ekstraklasa: Top-half finish Puchar Polski: Reach 2nd Round UEFA Champions League: Reach 2nd Qualifying Round The media expect us to finish 7th in the league with the bookies giving us 100-1 odds for the title (11th place).
  13. Maybe I should have asked for this earlier, it won't cost as much as I expected. Our new HOYD.
  14. A youth prospect poached! Wisła Płock is not a club I thought would be a more desirable location than Polonia.
  15. The Champions League draw gave us a tough opponent in Bulgarian side Levski Sofia. They eliminated Bodø/Glimt from Europa League qualifying before we met the Norwegians last season. Levski went all the way to the round of 16 in the Europa Conference. Our first foray into the Champions League might be a short one.
  16. We had a slight movement up the European club ranks. Lech is top ranked Polish club. Poland is up to 16th, if we can move up to 15th than Poland will get another Champions League spot and 5 clubs in continental competition.
  17. A few more end of season bits. Our growing reputation means more sponsorship money. Our training facilities need an upgrade, but I'm wary of doing it before we have even more money in the bank. Might still ask the board for it...
  18. Polonia Warszawa Season 3 - 2025/26 - Review All in all a very good season. The media predicted us to finish 13th and the bookies had us in 17th (700-1 odds). Now to hire some more staff and upgrade the squad where I can, but I'll try not to do huge overhaul like last season.
  19. Polonia Warszawa Season 3 - 2025/26 - May In the end we only needed a draw against Jagiellonia to win the league. I was hoping for the team to put on a real performance in front of the sell out crowd. But it turned out to be a real nervous affair. Still in the end we did enough to win the title with a game to spare. Although we lost to Legia both times this season, they finished all the way down in 5th and outside of the European places. But with no European football for them next season I expect that they will be a force in the league. I was a bit surprised that Pogoń Szczecin finished 2nd and won the Cup too. But looking at how much they are spending, it really isn't a surprise. This is how the league records stand at the moment. A few more goals this season and we might have set a new Team Goals record. Hopefully we can keep improving and maybe take the Most League wins in a Season record from Legia.
  20. Winning the league and qualifying the Champions League has had the immediate effect of the board greatly increasing the number of coaches allowed at the club, without me even asking.
  21. Congrats on the double and great to see you get Alvaro!
  22. Polonia Warszawa Season 3 - 2025/26 - April An excellent start to the month followed up by two very frustrating results, but we end with a win. Both Legia and Lech have also been dropping points which has kept us in the title race. I signed Vimoj Muntu Wa Mungu thinking he would be one for the future. But I couldn't find a decent more experienced Left-Back and have had him playing as much a as possible. His performances and development have been very pleasing. Although he has been rather inconsistent all season, this is another blow for us in the run in.
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